Deadlines: News roundup 1/7/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On January - 7 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

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It’s got to be considered strictly rumor at this point (and a damn strange and unsettling one at that) but Bloody Disgusting exclusive reported that MTV was in talks to turn Dawn of the Dead into a TV series. WTF? They say no involvement at this time by Zack Snyder, who helmed the 2004 remake, and that it will be a mix of fast and slow zombies and is “more of a spin-off.” In a double-WTF development, the story seems to have been pulled from BD‘s website for some reason, as has a story from Dread Central reporting on BD’s exclusive… Does that make it more or less likely to be true? (Bloody Disgusting)

How would you like to play Left 4 Dead via a Wii-like motion-control device? A new product being demoed at CES uses the game as its test bed. Sounds exhausting to me. (Kotaku)

Get the early scoop on the iPhone game Pro Zombie Soccer in this hands-on preview. (Zombie Command)

Review: Evil

Posted by Cory Casciato On January - 7 - 20101 COMMENT

It’s not often you see a movie that is both better and worse than you expect it to be, but that is exactly what happened with the Greek zombie apocalypse movie Evil, known  as To Kako in its original language. The little I’d heard about it suggested it was a pretty mediocre, run-of-the-mill low-budget foreign knockoff. The truth is the majority of it never rose to the level of mediocre, but the best bits were pretty goddamn awesome.

Let’s start with the cookie-cutter story. The premise is three workers uncover ancient evil in a cave, lose time, return home confused and then turn into ravenous zombies a few hours later, much to the dismay of their families, dates and friends. That is, by far, the most original part of the movie. The rest of the plot follows the usual group of survivors thrown together by circumstance as their personalities clash and zombies run rampant, until the ambiguous but ominous ending. Sound familiar? If you’re reading this, of course it does.

There are a few other problems. The leads lack charisma. They can’t act. The wisecracking funny guy is not funny. The insane soldier, easily the best character, comes in late then disappears for most of the movie. The writing is terrible and the translation is crap. The directors strangely chose to use a lot of gimmicks, including an unforgivable amount of split screen shots. The zombies act inconsistently. They are totally mindless one second, then sneaking up on people and pausing for dramatic effect the next. A lot of terrible CGI is used in the backgrounds.  It’s shot on video and it looks and sounds like crap.

That’s the “worse” part. What redeems the film is the completely over-the-top and utterly ridiculous gore and violence. It’s just a step below something like Dead Alive in both quality and quantity. In essence, anytime the zombies catch up to the survivors, it’s wacky time. Limbs are severed — and then used as bludgeons. Zombies get sliced, diced and cut in half, heads are squashed, blood spurts by the gallon and a good time is had by all.

During these numerous and zany action sequences, the leads magically transform from hapless city folk to something like urban ninjas. They bust out some sweet martial arts moves, throw knives like professionals, jump over shit, punch through zombies’ heads, etc. Suspension of disbelief is out of the question, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun. It’s also worth noting that the movie moves at a brisk pace, with very few dull or slow spots.

Despite the movie’s issues, these elements make it hard to not enjoy it. Sure, it would be a lot better if it wasn’t laboring under the weight of terrible acting, gimmicky direction and editing, poor writing, half-assed subtitles and ridiculous CGI. It would be a better movie if it didn’t play like a rip-off of 28 Days Later spiced up with the mood of Dead Alive. All true. But being what it is, it deserves a spot alongside other such ridiculous, shoddy trash gems such as Nightmare City and Burial Ground in the “so off it’s on” category. Go in expecting to very little but a few laughs and WTF? moments and you won’t be disappointed.

Evil/Greece/2005

Deadlines: News roundup 1/6/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On January - 6 - 20101 COMMENT

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The confusingly titled Ay Up Me Duck of the Dead is an upcoming British short that follows survivors Barbara and Johnny (oh, really?) as they slowly realize something has gone horribly wrong in their now deserted town. (Hint: it’s zombies). (A World on Fire)

But the confusingly titled fun doesn’t stop there! No, the Light of Daigh (is that a Welsh pun? Irish?) continues the theme with a bunch of zombies trying to make more zombies, all in a quasi-medieval (or at least extremely rustic) looking setting. The producers are looking for funding to turn the trailer, which looks pretty decent, into a real, live movie if you’re looking to invest in the zombie industry. The trailer is embedded after the break. (Horror-Movies.ca)

And that’s it … sorry, folks, slowest zombie news day ever. Send me those tips!

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Deadlines: News roundup 1/5/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On January - 5 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

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If you’re hankering for some 8-bit style Left 4 Dead action, hanker no more: Pixel Force: Left 4 Dead is now available. (Kotaku)

More zombie webseries goodness is available. The second episode of zombie apocalypse serial The Last Stand is out. See it at the official site. And look for an upcoming feature on the many zombie webseries out there…

A potential flu cure leads to zombie apocalypse in The Titan Project, an upcoming microbudget film from SPS Films. The trailer is embedded after the break. (Horror-Movies.ca)

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Deadlines: News roundup 1/4/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On January - 4 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

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The DVD and Blu-ray details for Dead Snow (review here) are out. You’ll get five featurettes detailing various aspects of the filmmaking, some outtakes and the theatrical trailer. (Dread Central)

Its existence was news once previously, but now we have a rough timeframe for the release of the Jane Austen-free prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The book, called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, will be out in March 2010. (Dread Central)

How much abuse will it take to kill that Tank in Left 4 Dead 2? Here’s a handy chart to figure it out. (Kotaku)

Fast zombies invade a church in the Danish short feature Opstandelsen. Teaser trailer embedded after the break. (Quiet Earth)

Yet another microbudget zombie apocalypse is on the horizon. This one is called Transmission and it spins a tale of four survivors who follow a radio transmission in search of refuge. The trailer, which is embedded after the break for you, looks well put together despite the obvious budgetary limitations. (Beyond Hollywood)

A second season of Sharehouse Zombie Apocalypse is on the way, and to think I didn’t even know about the first! Its tagline, “A web series about housemates, zombies and toilet paper.” probably tells you all you need to know. (Sharehouse Zombie Apocalypse)

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Deadlines: News roundup 12/30/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On December - 30 - 20091 COMMENT

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I enjoyed this loving tribute to Dan O’Bannon via a look back at his directorial debut, the seminal Return of the Living Dead. (Fangoria)

Michael Jackson and John Landis’s classic short film/music video “Thriller” has been honored by the Library of Congress and will be preserved in the National Film Registry. (io9)

Get the first info on the super-violent zombie Western Devil’s Crossing, shooting now in North Carolina. (A World on Fire)

Some fans made a trailer for a live-action Marvel Zombies movie and it’s not half bad. The people at Revenant liked it so well they interviewed the creators. (A World on Fire)

You zombie toy collectors out there are going to love these scale-model zombie busts. Everyone needs a model zombie head around the house. They’re gruesometastic! (Dread Central)

The iPhone version of Plants vs. Zombies is coming soon — late January, apparently. (Kotaku)

If you prefer killing zombies in a rhythm game (you know, like Guitar Hero) try Zombeat. (A World on Fire)

Finally, after the break I’ve embedded a humorous short film that takes an unusual look at the attitudes of two zombie apocalypse survivors. And don’t forget, no more news updates until after the new year. Happy New Year!

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Deadlines: News roundup 12/29/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On December - 29 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

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The Wild West gets all zombified in Rotten, an ongoing series written by Mark Rahner and Robert Horton and illustrated by Dan Dougherty. The series looks at current events through the lens of a zombie Western thriller. Kind of makes me wish I had the resources to follow comic books. (Comic Book Resources)

The people of FEARnet ran down their top nine music/horror things of ’09 and Chickenhawk’s zombie apocalypse video for “I Hate This … Do You Like It?” made the list, giving me a goo excuse to embed the video again. Which I did, after the break. (FEARnet)

Be a nun, wield a scythe, kill zombies in medieval times in Twin Blades on Xbox Live Arcade. (Blend Games)

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Deadlines: News roundup 12/28/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On December - 28 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

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The good people of Valve released the Left 4 Dead 2 SDK on December 23. You can read all about it direct from the horse’s mouth. (Left 4 Dead Blog)

Speaking of Left 4 Dead 2, if you can’t get enough of the Midnight Riders, the fictional rock band from the game, you’ll surely enjoy their new song “All I Want for Christmas 9is to Kick Your Ass)” and you can find it embedded after the break. (Kotaku)

Sure it’s a few years late, but NPR realized that the Zombie Survival Guide is awesome. (My Guilty Pleasure)

I’m sure you all noticed I took a few days off for Christmas. Hope you missed me, but not too much. There will be regular updates tomorrow and Wednesday, but then  I’ll be off again until after the new year. Then everything’s back to normal, and I’m going to do my best to start 2010 by getting a lot of non-news content up as well.

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Deadlines: News roundup 12/23/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On December - 23 - 20091 COMMENT

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead. Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com.

In “worst idea ever” news, some genius has decided to colorize and 3Dify the original Night of the Living Dead. You can see the horrible colorized (but non-3D) results in a godawful trailer embedded after the break. (Dread Central)

The good people of Buy Zombie take a good look at the evolution of zombies in George Romero’s Dead movies.

If you need to get the zombie apocalypse in glassware form, rejoice, because just that thing is coming in January. If I’m lucky, I’ll be drinking beer out of a zombie glass to celebrate my birthday next year! (Badger Sandwich)

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Deadlines: News roundup 12/22/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On December - 22 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

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Zombies, superheroes and Cthulu-esque monstrosities are all part of small-town life in WildStorm’s new North 40 comic. DO WANT. (Dread Central)

Dying for another look at Dead Space 2? If you’re willing to install a plugin, you can check out a presumably cool, interactive 3D image from the game! (Game Informer)

There’s a new trailer for French zombie/gangster flick The Horde, and I have embedded it for you after the break. (Quiet Earth)

Here’s more Q&A with the creators of the zombie drama podcast We’re Alive. (A World on Fire)

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